While the presidential preference primaries in Georgia are thought of in terms of popular vote, the actual vote is about election of delegates to the respective party convention. And the two parties differ in how each selects delegates.
"I think every vote does count ... if you didn't vote, then you haven't tried to change anything."
We'll go to the polls at least three times in 2008, to elect everybody from a new president to the county surveyor. Our 2008 Election Guide gives you all the information you need to be prepared.
Following is a rundown of the early voting locations and times, as well as contact numbers for the elections office in each county:
Offices to be filled in 2008 Georgia elections
What's happening: On Feb. 5, Georgia joins more than 20 other states in holding Presidential Preferences Primaries. The day, dubbed "Super Tuesday," will go a long way toward deciding each party's candidate for president in November.
When: Advance voting week is available from Jan. 28 to Feb. 1. On Feb. 5, polls are open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. (until 8 p.m. in cities having a population of more than 300,000). However, any voter who is waiting in line to vote at closing time will be allowed to vote.
In the Georgia primary a voter may indicate a preference for one person to be the candidate for nomination in either the Democratic or Republican parties. A voter may indicate a preference for one presidential candidate in one party. Here are the candidates actively campaigning, and their Web sites:
Their meeting places range from local restaurants to the Internet, but they all have the same goal: influencing the election of the next president of the United States.
Hall County has many volunteers working for a number of candidates in the Feb. 5 presidential preference primary. They range from retired persons to young people who are participating in the political process for the first time.
Supporters of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee gathered Friday on the downtown Gainesville square to hand out campaign materials and wave signs at passing motorists. Brad Farrow, chairman of the local Huckabee campaign, said the candidate has enjoyed growing support in Hall County. A recent poll showed Huckabee leading in advance of Georgia's Feb. 5 presidential primary.
Brad Farrow, chairman of the local Huckabee campaign, said the candidate has enjoyed growing support in Hall County. A recent poll showed Huckabee leading in advance of Georgia's Feb. 5 presidential primary.